AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
- Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge program to visit Center Line, Michigan, April 30-May 1 and May 14-15
- Defensive-driving program geared to educate teenage drivers behind the wheel
- Events mark third and fourth visits by program to the Metro Detroit area
- Teens between ages of 15-19 with learner's or driver's license and at least 30 hours of driving experience eligible to participate
- Parents can register their teen driver for one of eight complimentary Metro Detroit classes at www.mopar.com/road-ready/register
The Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge teen safe-driving program is returning to the Metro Detroit area for a pair of two-day events scheduled for April 30-May 1 and May 14-15 in Center Line, Michigan. The spring stops follow two completely full visits to the Center Line location in 2015 by the complimentary advanced driver's training program. Parents can register their teens for the Center Line events at www.mopar.com/road-ready/register.
Sponsored by the FCA Foundation and supported by Mopar and Dodge, the Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge program is dedicated to training and educating teenage drivers between the ages of 15-19 with a learner's or driver's license and at least 30 hours of driving experience. Classes are complimentary to registered teens and their parents or guardians. A $99 refundable registration deposit (plus processing fees) is required to secure a spot and is returned after the session.
"Parents in the Metro Detroit area have especially embraced the Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge program and its mission to teach teen drivers valuable defensive driving skills," said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. "With the help of our friends at the NHRA Motorsports Museum and B.R.A.K.E.S., we're excited to bring another round of events to Center Line to educate even more teens so they can safely learn valuable defensive-driving skills in a controlled environment."
"The Dodge brand wants all drivers to experience that visceral feeling that makes them fall in love with driving, and that includes making sure they feel comfortable in all situations," said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. "The Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge program gives new teen drivers additional opportunities to learn skills and gain valuable experience behind the wheel."
Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge was developed in collaboration with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Motorsports Museum and B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe), two nationally recognized non-profit 501(c)3 organizations that share similar missions of promoting the importance of safe and responsible driving. Participants benefit from a proven curriculum and high-caliber instructors provided by the B.R.A.K.E.S. organization, with both classroom education and hands-on training with a 3:1 student-to-instructor ratio. Each teen's participation in the training program includes a companion experience for a parent or adult guardian who also will actively take part.
Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge sessions will provide a brief classroom review of core driving topics, including proper seat positioning, hand positioning and basic vehicle dynamics. Advanced behind-the-wheel training will then be provided to teens, with on-track course sessions including accident avoidance (slalom), distraction, panic stop and wet skid pad. Each session provides four hours of valuable instruction.
Slots are filling up fast for the Metro Detroit events, but parents can still register their teens at www.mopar.com/road-ready/register. Morning sessions run from 8 a.m. until noon, with an afternoon session from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Once all eight available sessions are fully registered, a wait list will be established for spots that open up due to cancellation and for parents interested in signing up their teens for any possible future visits by the program to the Detroit area.
In addition to earlier visits in 2016 to Indiana and New Jersey and the two upcoming Center Line events, the program will also make a stop in Bradenton, Florida, May 21-22. Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge, now in its second year, expects to have impacted more than 1,500 additional young drivers and their parents.
About the FCA Foundation
Since 1953, the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of FCA US LLC, has invested more than $500 million in charitable organizations and initiatives that help empower people and build strong, viable communities. The FCA Foundation invests in programs that generate meaningful and measurable societal impacts in the following areas:
- Education – programs that inspire young minds, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM);
- Military – programs that support financial and basic needs of military service members, veterans and their families;
- Multicultural/Diversity – programs that promote inclusion and opportunity for diverse populations; and
- Youth Development – programs that help young people develop the skills and leadership qualities to succeed in school, at work and in life.
Additionally, FCA US seeks opportunities to support communities through its Motor Citizens® volunteer program. This innovative program enables FCA US salaried employees to use 18 hours of paid time each year to be an Engine for Change by investing their time and talents in community service projects.
About Dodge Brand
The Dodge brand is America's mainstream performance brand. With the purification of the brand and consolidation with SRT, Dodge is getting back to its performance roots with every single model it offers. The Dodge and SRT brands offer a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out within their own segments. Dodge is the "mainstream performance" brand and SRT is positioned as the "ultimate performance" halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.
From muscle cars to compact cars, minivans, crossovers and full-size SUVs, the Dodge brand's full lineup of 2016 models deliver best-in-class horsepower, class-exclusive technology, unmatched capability and a slew of cool features, such as LED headlamps, Dodge signature racetrack tail lamps, dual exhaust, 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment centers and 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable gauge clusters, to name a few. For the 2016 model year, customers will be able to drive the new 2016 Dodge Charger and Challenger, as well as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat. The Dodge brand lineup also includes the Dodge Dart, Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey, including the Crossroad model, and its flagship, the Dodge Viper.
About Mopar Brand
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked in 1937 with the launch of an antifreeze product, but it truly made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era. From Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, the brand soon expanded to include technical service and customer support.
Today, Mopar is FCA's service, parts and customer-care brand and distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in over 150 markets around the world. With more than 50 parts distribution centers and 27 customer-contact hubs globally, Mopar integrates service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for FCA brands.
Mopar parts are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles. This offers a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at www.mopar.com.
SOURCE FCA US LLC